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Advocate and policy analyst, Syed Mahbubul Alam, who is also the secretary of Centre for Laws and Policy Affairs, believes that such practices of construction authorities must be stopped immediately. “We have provisions in our Constitution to ensure public safety in construction sites. For example, we can take action through the City Corporation Act 2009, Motor Vehicles Act 1983, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Act 1976, Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act 1995, to name a few,” says Alam. “Also, in terms of death due to negligence of the respective authorities, families of victims can sue these authorities and get compensation decided by the High Court,” adds Alam.  (more details)

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45% Bangladeshi districts sitting idle on deadly diseases

Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases are responsible for 67 percent of all deaths in Bangladesh, many of which are premature. Lack of physical activity fosters such non-communicable diseases.

Doctors say that inactivity is as harmful as smoking, so exercise is important. But a survey shows that 45 percent of the Bangladeshi districts have no sports or recreation fields where people can be physically active. This means that more people are becoming susceptible to these deadly diseases.  (more details)


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Untreated medical waste: A serious threat to public health

Untreated medical wastes are accumulating at landfills in seven divisional cities, posing serious threat to public health.

These divisional cities, excluding the capital, have around 1,380 healthcare establishments -- public and private -- which produce over 20 tonnes of medical wastes every day.

Although there have been many reports on the same scenario in Dhaka city, the other divisional cities have often escaped scrutiny in this regard.

But the picture there is also quite alarming. (more details)

Solar panel installation rising sans proper disposal policy

Bangladesh is set to see a rising volume of waste from solar photo-voltaic panels in the coming years, which in the absence of absence of proper disposal and management pose risks to the environment and humans.


By 2041, the country will produce more than 0.748 million tonnes of solar e-waste and by 2061 0.797 million tonnes, according to a paper of the electrical and electronic engineering department of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). (more details)

Ban single-use plastics

The High Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to ban single-use plastic products in coastal areas, hotels, motels and restaurants across the country in one year as they are health and environmental hazards.

The throwaway plastic products include drinking straws, cotton buds, cigarette butts, food packaging, food containers, bottles, plates, plastic cutlery and plastic bags. (more details)